Education Sessions

The Summit Advisory Committee has been hard at work developing the content for this years’ event. The education sessions for the Summit will take place on Thursday, 19 October and focus on issues impacting the cold chain. Sessions will be presented by industry and business experts as well as leaders in the food supply chain.

Thursday, 19 October

9:10 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

Big Data: Digital Transformation for Cold Chain
Michael Foreshew, Chief Information Officer, Montague Cold Storage

Foreshew has transformed Montague’s information technology mindset and prepared the company to drive value for customers through big data, collaboration, and real-time visibility of their customers’ supply chains. How will our industry leaders position and market themselves to customers in the changing landscape? How are cold storage logistics companies differentiating themselves? There is a need for the industry to be more helpful when it comes to business intelligence/data analytics. Learn more about their digital transformation in this case-study session.

Export Outlook for the Australian Meat Industry
Patrick Hutchinson, CEO, Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC)

Australia is a leading exporter of beef, veal, lamb, mutton, and goat meat to over 100 countries. The recent suspension of meat plants in Australia exporting to China has caused much alarm for the Australian meat industry. Additionally, there are many issues swirling for Australia’s meat processors and retailers including: a tariff change in Japan, a free-trade agreement with the European Union and United Kingdom on the horizon, an Indonesian Economic partnership, and a free-trade agreement with Latin America Pacific partners Mexico, Peru, Chile and Columbia. The meat industry, globally, relies on the cold supply chain to operate safely, efficiently, and profitably. With the many changes impacting import/export today in the meat industry, how will this ultimately impact the cold supply chain globally? Hutchinson will explore these issues from the food processor perspective.

10:05 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Panel Discussion: The Future of Automation
Peter Nairn, Vice President – Transport, Safety, Quality, and Facilities ANZ, Americold Logistics
Gavin Sargeant, Vice President of Automation, Conestoga Cold Storage
Moderator: Bruce McDonald, Business Development Manager, Vaughan Constructions

Advancements in automation are being made every day and 3PLs can capitalise on this changing landscape to grow their business. This panel will consist of automation experts from Australia, Europe, and North America to compare and contrast automation in each region while sharing the latest technologies revolutionising the cold chain industry through innovation.

Chain of Responsibility: What is Your Logistics Risk?
Mike Wood, Chain of Responsibility Specialist, Latus – Logistics Risk Specialists

What Safe Systems should you have in place to ensure reasonable steps are taken to prevent an issue/ incident? What is your level of Logistics Risk? Are you compliant to new legislation such as Chain of Responsibility or Dangerous Goods Transport? More importantly are your suppliers? Are you customers aware of their responsibilities? Find out how to handle these critical questions and more during this deep dive into logistics risk.

11:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Recruiting and Retaining Next Generation Talent
Graeme Lee, Despatch Manager, Coles & 2016 Frank Vale Award Recipient
Matt Toogood, Operations Manager, United States Cold Storage & 2017 WFLO Don Schlimme Award Recipient & 2017 GCCA NextGen Award Recipient
Moderator: Nick Pedneault, President, Congebec Logistics, WFLO Chairman

With many in our industry reaching retirement age every day, we are in an unprecedented period in terms of talent management and development. Many executives in the industry need to determine who will succeed them as President or CEO in the years ahead. Others simply need to build healthy pipelines of leaders to eventually take over as Plant Manager or perhaps Vice President of Operations. Join talented professionals from the next generation as they explore winning strategies for recruiting and retaining top talent.

Energy Management Best Practices in a Global Company
Mike Lynch, Vice President – Engineering, United States Cold Storage
Greg Holt, Managing Director, Swire Cold Storage
Samson Wong, Director, Swire Cold Chain Logistics (Shanghai) Company Limited

Energy usage is among the highest costs a refrigerated warehouse facility can incur annually. To control energy usage and costs, you need a comprehensive energy management strategy. This presentation will provide an overview of best practices to drive substantial cost savings through energy management that are cost-effective and measurable. Showcasing the Swire Company, this presentation will show how one global company collaborates on energy management by leveraging their common knowledge as a company while also applying that in different ways in various environments.